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On the 12th and 13th I attended adventure off-road training with Bret Tkacs from PSSOR, a course I would highly recommend for those with the time to attend. Of the 14 bikes there we had one additional ATAS besides my own. At the end of the first day we noticed some oil dripping from the other one, and at lunch the 2nd day the skid-plate was pulled to see if the oil filter might be lose. Imagine everyone's surprise to see a hairline crack in the left side of the case about 2-3 mm in from the edge, and that with a visually undamaged plate. Further inspection revealed that evidently they had been an impact to the left edge the was somewhat directed laterally, and the plate had apparently "flexed" inward and upward before springing back out, and the plate had functioned like a cleaver on the rounded portion of the case and cracked it.

So, warning to all, and a request from me wondering what plates others who are using Heed Bunkers might be using, as I will be changing my skid-plate out. Freak occurrence? Maybe, but I don't wish to be number 2. Clearly a design flaw from Honda when the bash plate itself can be the instrument of damage.
 

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Wow, I had planned on leaving the stock skid plate on for awhile but may change my mind now.
I'm also running the Heed bars and wonder which plate will work.
BTW The heed bars held up well this past weekend when my buddies KTM 1290 fell over and knocked my AT over!!
 

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My Heed bars also did the job when my AT fell over last week.

What caught me out was stopping on a tarmac road with a steep camber and a bit of an unseen dip where I planted my foot. I had just filled the fuel tank up and hadn't appreciated how small the lean angle has to be on a tall adventure bike full of fuel, to be very heavy indeed. As there was nobody about I lifted it back up on my own. So the lesson for me was really focus on where you pull up, be wary if the fuel tank is full. I also learned that you can pick up an AT on your own, if there is no other option.

Thank you Heed!
 

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Having looked at this pole and ratchet strap arrangement I think some sections of plumbing pipe and a ratchet strap could form the basis of a homemade solution. It won't be as easy as I have implied but I will give it a go and see what we end up with.
 

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I will be interested to see pictures posted.
 
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